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Weekly Round Up: It’s the End of October but NOT the End of Breast Cancer!

Good post to follow for some #realawareness.

Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer

girl_with_lassoTime for this week’s round-up of the best of the blog posts which I’ve read over the past week. These are the posts that have moved me, taught me something, inspired me, and which I’ve wanted to share with you. Don’t forget if you have written a post which you would like readers to see, just leave a comment below.

And so we come to the end of another Pinktober and as Kimberly succinctly says “Buh-bye Pinktober!”

Dr Susan Love reminds us it’s the end of October but not the end of breast cancer:

As October comes to an end, we can put away our pink clothes for another year and focus on the real challenge….not awareness but action!

Yvonne Watterson writes how “After an interminable month of pink ribbons and races, I will still have breast cancer. I haven’t made the five-year mark yet so we can’t say it’s in remission, and in…

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A Singing Mammogram? #AllKindsOfWrong

The worst video ever. More Breast Cancer Awareness #fail.

regrounding

I hate Pinktober to begin with. I avoid the stores, shut down the requests for donations, and prefer to hibernate until Movember. But METAvivor has much work to do and we don’t have time for distractions. Until this arrived in my email today: 

This is so many kinds of wrong the the words are jumbled in my head. Let’s dissect, shall we?

  • “Boobs ba boobs ba boobs ta tata.” Really? Is there a male body part that is EVER talked about that way? EVER?
  • “Dudes and babies love em.” Well, great, because my breast were all about being available for others to love. How very hetero of them…
  • “B cups or DDs, E, Fs, we love you Gs.” And if women sang about penis size, would it STILL be charming?
  • And bringing it home, “Please don’t forget to share this reminder to check your pair.” Thanks for that! Care to…

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Please Tell Me That No Bra Day Thing Is NOT Happening Again This Year

If you think #NoBraDay has anything to do with breast cancer awareness, you’d be wrong.

anotheronewiththecancer

Wrote this about it last year. Still feel the same.

How About a “What Cancer Really Does to Breasts Day”?

Posted on October 13, 2013 by Cancer Curmudgeon

I wasn’t going to write about No Bra Day, because 1) so many other blogs I read have said most of what needs to be said, 2) why should I give it more exposure and attention, and 3) I wrote an overly long, overly wordy piece this summer already, back when there was this other No Bra Day (how many are there?!). The earlier piece, I Don’t Want to See It, is mostly crap I wish I had not written, only the final 5 or so paragraphs are worth reading, and some of the sentiment of those will be repeated here.

I changed my mind because as I started mentally ranting I realized that ignoring it won’t make it go away any…

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What if people treated other cancers like they do breast cancer?

Great post about the way we treat breast cancer differently than other cancers, when it comes to raising awareness.

Double Whammied

I’ve been recuperating at home the last week or so, healing up after my fourth and FINAL breast reconstruction surgery (just need to “dot the i’s” and I’m done, folks – high five!). Anyway, like any good invalid, I’ve spent most of my time watching Netflix, devouring books and reading social media posts from friends, colleagues and fellow cancer buddies.

I especially liked But Doctor I Hate Pink’s recent call-to-arms, Pinktober, Metastasized, a series of blog posts that takes on a few of the more inane “awareness” campaigns that have popped up so far.

As most women with breast cancer can tell you, the month of October is a huge pink clusterfuck. There are your Boob-A-Thons, your giant bouncing boob races, your Save The Ta-Ta’s wet T-shirt contests (because women who’ve been forced to have mastectomies love nothing more than having healthy normal breasts shoved in their faces). Stores…

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Dear Ms. Robach

An important letter to Amy Robach, from someone living with breast cancer.

regrounding

An open letter to Good Morning America News Anchor and breast cancer “survivor,” 

Ms. Amy Robach

 

Dear Ms. Robach,

What a journey you have had recently. From what I read in the press, save the persistent chemobrain, you are feeling well. Congratulations! I am quite familiar with the challenges of treatment and surgery, and getting back to everyday life. It looks like nothing can hold you back!

It ends up we have quite a bit in common.

  • Like you, I was diagnosed young and on my first mammogram, when I was 35 years old.
  • Like you, I opted for bilateral mastectomy in hopes that my lobular disease might not occur in the healthy breast also. (You know, of course, that bilateral disease is most common in lobular breast cancer, which is what I have.)
  • Like you I underwent chemotherapy and tamoxifen (5 years was the standard back then).
  • Like you, chemobrain persists.

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Objectification of breastfeeding women

Interesting article. What do you think?

Breast. No Bottle.

Objectification of women is one the most prominent subjects in feminism.  To objectify means to treat as a thing as opposed to a being. Most people are familiar with sexual objectification of women that is treating women as objects, things, toys for sexual gratification.  A woman exists as a sum of her body parts, not a whole being with thoughts, wishes, feelings, and ultimately dignity.  Sexual objectification is often used to sell products.

Objectification of women Examples of sexual objectification of women in commercial advertising

Very little if anything is said about objectification of breastfeeding women in medicine, feminism, and breastfeeding advocacy.  Objectification of breastfeeding women is very easy to pinpoint.

When you equate “a woman nursing a child” to “milk” that is when you substitute a substance for a woman, you are objectifying a breastfeeding woman.

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Bras and Breast Cancer: A Theory that Lacks Support

Bras do not cause breast cancer. It’s time to put this myth to rest.

ACS Pressroom Blog

You may be seeing reports around the web or in your email charging that the American Cancer Society and other groups are involved in a “cover-up” of a connection between wearing a bra and breast cancer. The claim that bras cause breast cancer is not new, and there’s no credible evidence to suggest a link. Nonetheless, a 2002 survey by American Cancer Society researchers showed six percent of respondents agreed that ‘‘Under-wire bras can cause breast cancer.” Another 31 percent were not sure.

So why do people believe it? The theory got a boost from a 1995 book by a husband and wife team of medical anthropologists. The pair noted that among indigenous groups who had not adopted Western lifestyles, breast cancer was rare, while cultures where the Western way of life had been embraced had breast cancer rates comparable to those in the developed world. The culprit, they concluded, was the bra.

The authors tested their…

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